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In my series, “How the World Eats Fried Chicken,” I learned how to make chicken karaage. Although I have eaten karaage at many Japanese restaurants, I have never attempted cooking it at home. However, it was tasty, crispy, flavorful, and best of all, it was surprisingly easy to make!
This dish was introduced by Tetsuro, who is originally from Japan, but currently living in New York City. According to Tetsuro, Karaage is fried chicken thighs that have been marinated overnight with seasoning and soy sauce. The word karaage means fried in Japanese, but it now refers to the fried chicken dish. There are two main types of deep-fried Japanese foods, including tempura, which originally came from Portugal, and karaage, which came from China as a tofu dish. In Japan, karaage was adapted, and many different foods were fried, but chicken karaage was always the most popular. Now, it almost always just refers to the fried chicken dish.
Karaage is a fried chicken dish that is flavorful from the soy sauce marinade and coated with flour and then potato starch. The potato starch gives the fried chicken an extra hard and crispy outer layer that karaage is famous for. If you have difficulty finding potato starch, you could probably also use corn starch. Most of the ingredients for this dish are super easy to find, making it a great dish to cook from any place in the world.
This fried chicken dish can be eaten all over Japan, and it is made in many Japanese homes, found in bento lunch boxes, eaten in small street-side stalls, and found at restaurants. It is sometimes served with kewpie mayonnaise, which is similar to regular mayonnaise. But Kewpie mayo only uses egg yolks instead of whole eggs. It also uses rice vinegar instead of white vinegar, making it extra rich with an underlying sweetness. You can dip the karaage into the kewpie mayo and add lemon juice, but the chicken is honestly so well-seasoned it can be eaten entirely alone. I personally really enjoyed making karaage at home. You should definitely give it a try!
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